Professor Pauline Nugent, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), has been appointed to the inaugural position of Provost at Australian Catholic University (ACU), commencing June 2012.
She will have overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and operational delivery of the University's academic objectives, and will continue to oversee ACU’s five faculties, Indigenous education, community engagement and academic matters related to international education.
Professor Nugent has a background in nursing and trained at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. She holds a Master of Education from Monash University and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences.
Her scholarly record includes publications, public lectures and conferences in nursing education, rural health, clinical research and health curriculum development as well as public funding of research development and evaluation projects worth more than $5 million.
Professor Nugent was appointed to the inaugural Chair of Nursing Development at Deakin University in 2003, after serving as the Head of School of Nursing since 1997. In 2007, she took up the role of Dean of Health Sciences at ACU. From 2007 to 2010 Professor Nugent facilitated a 37 per cent increase in student load for health sciences, introduced new courses in physiotherapy and paramedicine, and established new research centres and domestic and international partnerships.
In 2009, Professor Nugent was named Victorian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, and in 2011 was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at ACU.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said Professor Nugent brings great talent and experience to the role.
“As the chief academic officer, the Provost is responsible for ensuring that the University's programs and faculty are of the very highest quality, and I am confident that Professor Nugent’s dynamic approach will greatly benefit ACU at this crucial time of change in Australian higher education,” he said.
Professor Nugent said she looked forward to tackling her new role, and ensuring ACU continued to grow as a leading Australian university.